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Basic Chocolate Pound Cake

This chocolate pound cake is one of my favorite cakes to bake. A friend of mine gave me this recipe years ago. Somehow it just gets better each time you bake it! —Doris Fletcher, Hendersonville, North Carolina
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    16 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 6 large eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter, shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine the flour, baking powder and cocoa. Combine the milk and vanilla. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture alternately with milk mixture. Mix well.
  • Pour into greased tube pan without removable bottom. Bake at 350° for 1 hour 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 15 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 429 calories, 20g fat (10g saturated fat), 112mg cholesterol, 160mg sodium, 57g carbohydrate (38g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.

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